The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Saturday night at Cleveland’s Public Hall, and after years of being snubbed, Bon Jovi finally made it in.
The band’s longtime friend Howard Stern ushered them in by making jokes about their “hair metal” days and even sang a bit of “Wanted Dead or Alive.”
When Jon Bon Jovi took the stage, his 20-minute speech acknowledged how many years the band had been waiting for the honor. “I’ve written [this speech] many ways and many times,” he said. “Some days, I write the ‘Thank you’ speech. Other days, I write the ‘F*** you’ speech. Writing it has been therapeutic in a lot of ways.” He also thanked the individual members of the band, and all the fans for their support.
“To all the fans who supported this band, we share this honor with you,” he said. “Because this life is a gift.”
Bon Jovi, reunited with original guitarist Ritchie Sambora, then performed “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” and their new single, “When We Were Us.”
Unlike previous induction ceremonies, there was no all-star jam at the end. If you couldn’t make it to Cleveland, you can watch an HBO special featuring an edited version of the festivities that premieres May 5.